Novelist Thomas Zigal is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. Tom's dramatic new book, Outcry Witness, is about sexual abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church. It is the third novel in his New Orleans trilogy. First was The White League, then Many Rivers to Cross, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, which won the Jesse H. Jones Award for fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. Tom Zigal lives in Austin, Texas.
Anthony Giardina writes: "As much as we think we all know about the clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, Thomas Zigal gives us something new -- an insider's perspective, combined with psychological depth, that provides an eye opening view into the true horror of how it all happened."
Tom Zigal was born in Galveston and grew up in Texas City where his father worked in an oil refinery. He graduated from the University of Texas -- where he was “an anti-war hippie and an avid reader of The Rag.” He got his masters in creative writing at Stanford and “hung out with writers like Raymond Carver, James Crumley, and Scott Turow.” This is his sixth novel.
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